Ducks push Blackhawks to bring of elimination in Western Conference Final, plus updates on the Lightning, Rangers and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Matt Beleskey’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Final, giving the Ducks a 3-2 series lead and a chance to clinch the series in Game Six on Wednesday in Chicago. The Ducks blew 3-0 and 4-2 leads as the ‘Hawks battled back to tie the game on two late goals by Jonathan Toews.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I predicted this series could be the best one of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs and thus far it’s been everything I’ve expected. It’s a shame one of these clubs won’t be advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. Just when it seems one team has control of a game, the other comes storming back. Three of the six games have gone to overtime.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: While the Tampa Bay Lightning hold a 3-2 series lead over the New York Rangers with a chance to clinch the Eastern Conference Final at home and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, they know it won’t be an easy task.
NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers are hoping to draw upon their recent comeback experiences to force a seventh and deciding game against the Lightning back in New York.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle cites the Ducks and Rangers as examples of how a team doesn’t have to do poorly for years in order to become potential Cup contenders.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford has a quick rundown of the coaching searches in Buffalo, San Jose and New Jersey. The Sabres are expected to meet with former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma this week, Dave Lowry has emerged as a dark horse candidate for the Sharks while the Devils have reportedly been in contact with Bylsma and former Lightning coach Guy Boucher.
KLEINE ZEITUNG: New York Islanders free agent defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky could be signing with an Austrian team this summer.
SPORTSNET: Former Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators forward Andrei Kostitsyn is reportedly interested in returning to the NHL after four seasons in the KHL.
TSN.CA: Former NHL enforcer Rudy Poeschek has pleaded guilty to an assault charge in British Columbia.